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hearing that the damage caused by hurricane sandy and the government recovery efforts. it will hear testimony. first, a panel of senators from states affected by the storm. just over two hours. >> could morning, everyone. thanks for joining us. a hearing on the recovery challenges before us to the super storm sandy. we are here today to evaluate the response and recovery efforts in the aftermath of hurricane sandy which struck the northeastern united states in october 29 asked to largest storm system in u.s. history clearing the lives of more than 120 americans, destroying over 340,000 homes and over 200,000 possesses and leaving more than a half million families without power, he, or running water for weeks. i understand in a few neighborhoods and a few buildings in new york and new jersey that still is the case. the scale of this disaster has created significant housing and transportation challenges, and a successful recovery will require a sustained effort from government, private sector, and volunteer organizations. by and large the federal gunman response to hurricane sandy has
made in responding to hurricane sandy as well as the challenges we face in supporting the long-term recovery of the nation. i knew closely follow reports of the storm's impact on the region. this obviously heard about that today from the first witnesses. you heard about the many injuries and tragic loss of life as well as massive flooding cover structural damage in power outages. a somewhat deeper scum i've been particularly affected by the storms devastation as many friends and colleagues are still dealing with the aftermath. for this reason i'm especially honored to have the opportunity to help with recovery and rebuilding efforts and pleased to be here today. having made several visits to the affected area since the storm hit, putting trips to the president and secretary napolitano and sebelius, had the opportunity to see firsthand the damage and speak with a local officials and most importantly residents about their needs. the conversation serves as a constant reminder that while this is a disaster of epic portions, the suffering is on a personal level affecting families an
a very important and passionate argument about the effects of hurricane sandy. in pennsylvania we had significant damage, but exclusively almost entirely from wind damage. millions lost power, but the damage was incomparable to the damage compounded by the water damage done along the shore. i'm looking forward to see the supplemental well-crafted and i hope properly outside because we also have a fiscal crisis of enormous magnitude. necessary spending to address emergencies is very real. it's really important at the outset. thank you, mr. chairman. >> i would like to thank secretary donovan for his testimony and for being here with us today. the financial stability of the fha is an issue the committee does not take lightly and we will continue this dialogue to take action where necessary to protect taxpayers. we appreciate your testimony, mr. secretary. this hearing is adjourned. >> thank you, mr. chairman. [inaudible conversations] [inaudible conversations] [inaudible conversations] [inaudible conversations] [inaudible conversations] >> the supreme court will look at what was passed
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